DIY Wedding - Bunting

July 2012

You will need:

  • Sewing machine
  • Cotton thread (Tonal match to bias binding colour)
  • Scissors 
  • Pencil / tailors chalk
  • Ruler / tape measure
  • 25mm bias binding - Length depends on how much bunting you want to make
  • A4 Card (Use old cereal or parcel box)
  • Mixture of plain, print, and patented fabrics of a similar thickness -  Approx. 0.5 - 1 metre of each fabric

How to make seamed bunting:

  • Create a template for your bunting, by drawing out a triangle on card. Carefully cut-out your template (Whatever size you decide to make add an extra 1cm to each side to allow for the seams and binding)
  • Place the template at the edge of the fabric and draw round your template using a pencil or tailors chalk, placing the template in-line and next to the outline you have just create, draw round the template again, continue this process until all the fabric is covered, creating a chequer boards effect - Do this for all fabrics.
  • Carefully cut along the pencil lines, placing bunting tingles in a neat pile.
  • Once all fabric triangles have been cut out, pair two difference fabrics together with the top side of the fabrics facing in towards each other.
  • Using the sewing machine, sew round the edge of each triangle leaving 0.5cm seam and ensuring the top of the bunting triangle is left open to form a pocket.
  • With scissors snip extremely close (but be careful not to cut through the stitches) to the edge of the triangle point. 
  • Turn bunting triangle pockets inside out and poke the pointed end to form a sharp point to the bunting triangle.
  • Iron the bunting triangles to form neat seams and flat pockets.
  • Return to the sewing machine (If you have a bias foot to your sewing machine, feed the fabric through the bunting & foot) If not you will need to fold the bias binding together and sew along the middle of the bunting to form a tie. Once the tie is approx. 60cm, begin to add the bunting triangles, fold the bias binding over the open end of the bunting triangle, and feed through the sewing machine foot. 
  • The distance between bunting triangles should be half the width of a bunting triangle, so once one bunting triangle is sewn into the bias tape, sew tape only for half the distance of a bunting triangle, and then again insert a bunting triangle. Continue this process until all bunting triangles are attached.
  • Once all bunting triangles have been attached, sew along the middle of the tape only again to form a tie.
  • Iron bunting and tape to ensure there are not twists to the bias tape.

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